This was in my local paper today and I thought I would share:
September garden checklist
MOUNT HAMILTON HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY, GROWING GREEN
Published on Sep 18, 2009
There was a time when I put the garden to bed shortly after Labour Day not knowing what I was missing. But I’ve found that September has its own rewards besides the kids heading back to school.
Glancing out my kitchen window, I see Japanese anenomes dancing to the slightest breeze. The gorgeous white blooms of the August lily and the summer phlox are sending their intoxicating scent throughout the garden. Gold finches and butterflies flit among the giant yellow rudbeckia, purple cone flowers, sedums and grasses while hummingbirds visit the lantana, scarlet runner beans and morning glories.
But a garden isn’t made by sitting in the shade, so September has its own to do list:
• Take note of successes and failures, plants that would look and do better in another location, winning plant combinations etc.
• This is a perfect time to dig and prepare new beds with compost, chipped leaves and well rotted manure. Let the earth worms, winter snow and nature’s freezing and thawing cycle work its magic.
• Now’s the time to treat grub damaged turf with nematodes. Consult your local nursery regarding application.
• Over seed patchy parts of the lawn with good quality, fast growing grass seed.
• Take cuttings of some of your favourite annuals and save a few seeds to plant next season.
• Treat yourself to beautiful fall plants such as mums, flowering cabbage and kale or icicle pansies.
• Plant bulbs in anticipation of next spring.
Growing Green is prepared by Mount Hamilton Horticultural Society and appears biweekly. This week’s column was written by Helen MacPherson, aone of the society's directors. She also serves as their Outreach Chair.
Joanna from Dundas, Ontario
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